AN EVOLUTIONARY STEP

IN THE DISTILLER'S ART

Kella Distillers has been the home of innovative distilling techniques on the Isle of Man for over 40 years.
We are a small, independent, family-run team producing exceptional spirits in exceptional ways.

Why do we carry out a further distillation process when nobody else does?

The founder of the distillery in the 1970’s, a prolific inventor Lucian Landau, was asked to be an expert witness in a court case involving whisky production in Scotland. In preparing for the case, Lucian applied his analytical mind to the chemical processes involved in turning a colourless alcohol in to a brown spirit that we all know and love in the form of whisky.
He noted that when alcohol is first made it is colourless. Putting it in to a burnt wooden cask to mature – a process involving several different types of reactions, one notable step being the dissolving of compounds from the burnt wood into the alcoholic solvent – is what turns the whisky brown.

These compounds have a boiling point higher than 100ᴼC. He thought “If I carefully redistill matured, brown, spirit I can separate those compounds extracted by the alcohol from the burnt wooden cask, from those that are more volatile.”
We retain much of the esters and other floral components, while the the non-volatile tar-like residue is discarded as it has an unpleasant taste and smell. We capture the benefits of aging without having to take along those favours which detract from the overall experience.

We also do not add any artificial colouring because colourless alcohols are always colourless whereas whiskies come out of each cask a different shade.

In 1994 we were granted a Patent for our unique process for enhancing the flavour of a spirit drink through redistillation, fractionation and recombination of a plurality of the fractions.

What this jargon means is that, much as a chef will intensify the flavours of a sauce by reducing it in order to drive off water, so we can remove some of the neutral alcohol from the original starting spirit. We use this additional process in the making of ManX.

Bifrost is smooth, lingering and packed with raisins and fruit – just as you would expect from a drink made with the finest VS Cognac.

ManX is distilled from the finest pure malt whiskey which has been matured in oak casks by our Celtic neighbours. This is then followed by a purification process prior to bottling. 

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